The sweet scent of autumn is once again in the air. Even heat-baked and drought-ravaged Texas is getting a taste of cooler weather. As thoughts turn to football, raking leaves, sweaters and Halloween, certain time-honored comfort foods make their way back to tables and TV trays.
Caution: This is not necessarily what some would consider a “healthy” or “digestively-friendly” list. Nor is it meant to be. Rarely do true autumn comfort foods and a moderately healthy diet cross paths. Worry about that after Christmas.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Turkey legs
A staple of fun fall carnivals and fairs, turkey legs wrapped in tin foil always taste better this time of year. It allows us the chance to let loose our inner caveman and walk around in public gnawing meat straight off the bone.
Everybody has their favorite recipe or concoction of spices and ingredients. Beans or no beans? Spicy-hot or mild? Whatever your chili potion of choice, it just tastes better eating it while watching a football game in your lazy-day sweatpants. Extra points for managing to not spill some on your shirt.
- Hot chocolate
Summer-time hot chocolate sippers are a mysterious folk. Any beverage designed to go down hot should only be quaffed when the temperature outside is lower than the drink itself. Top it off with enough marshmallows to sink a ship and you’ve got an autumn drink worthy of the name. Note: be careful when trying to drink through the deliciously creamy layer of cool marshmallow. At least twice a year we burn our lips on the gush of frothy hot chocolate goodness that escapes once this dam is burst.
- Caramel apples
Proving the maxim that pretty much any food is better when eaten off a stick, caramel apples always add to the fall-time fun. In fact, it almost seems passé to bother with the apple, but science has yet to perfect a sufficiently circular, solidified and edible ball of caramel.
- Pumpkin pie
There’s nothing so memory-inducing as the aroma of hot pumpkin pie in the air. Cut a slice, sit back and enjoy the hilarity as laid-back “from a can” vs. purist “dolloped from a serving bowl” whipped cream enthusiasts duke it out.
We hope you enjoyed our favorite autumn comfort foods and would love to hear some of yours. Please feel free to leave a reply here, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Happy Autumn, Friends!